Abby‘s been rocking the Dexcom for the last three months, and she’s fully immersed in both the data mining and the photographing of said data mining. Here’s her “PWD photojournalist” take on Dexcom’ing and documenting.(Also, welcome back, Abby! We missed you while you were at camp!)
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I’ve had my Dexcom for almost three months now. While most of the time I hardly pay attention to it, sometimes I like to make a big deal out of certain graphs. I also had a habit of showing the really good and really bad graphs to people at camp this summer, and sometimes they took pictures of them. (Diabetes camp is a special kind of place, where we celebrate Dexcom graphs … it’s awesome.)
Anywho, here are a few of my favorites:
This was the closest I’ve come to a no-hitter and needed to show EVERYONE at a Tuesday dance at Camp Joslin. Normal. (Please ignore the gross shininess of my camp self.)
Then there was the time we went hiking and the combination of a 15g protein bar and a 75% temp basal kept me at a wonderful 140-150 mg/dL range the entire time.
I call this one “Dyslexy-Dexy,” when I put a new Dexy sensor in and it was entirely confused about everything. My meter showed 117 mg/dL when this picture was taken.
This one is epic. I corrected after totally bombing a guess on pizza and ice cream (it was the day after I left camp, leave me alone) and then my correction factor worked BEAUTIFULLY overnight. Take that, beta cells. I don’t need you at all (unless you want to work again in which case I take it back and I totally need you).
This one is my absolute favorite. We got a cake at camp when all the nurses had passed their boards (I was the last one to take the exam, of course) and my bg was holding steadily under 100 from the time the cake arrived to the time we could eat it. I had to document this, obviously.Sometimes diabetes plays fair. Sometimes it doesn’t. I like to keep these pictures to remind myself that no matter what I do, this stupid disease has a life of its own. I’m also convinced it decides when it wants to play along and when it needs more attention, but that’s a rant for another day.
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All this talk about photos is making me feel veeeeery guilty about not keeping my Diabetes 365 feed up to date. I need to get on that. 🙂 Are you a diabetes paparazzier? Do you like to keep visual tabs on your diabetes bits and pieces?